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Celeste Ascending

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  104 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
In this splendid novel, Celeste finds herself engaged to Alex, a wealthy man whose standards are as exacting as her own -- or so she thought. As she begins to question their relationship and herself, Celeste is haunted by painful memories: of her past in well-heeled, blue-blooded Connecticut; of the friends and family who seem to have disappeared from her life; and of Nath ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Harper Perennial (first published April 5th 2000)
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Mari Anne
Nov 01, 2009 Mari Anne rated it it was ok
Nicely written but ultimately annoying story of a whiny self-indulged so-called writer. This book was interesting to a point but ended up just being irritating. The story didn't seem to go anywhere much and the main character's life garnered more confusion than sympathy.
May 18, 2016 Joan rated it really liked it
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It was an interesting read. I was intrigued by the social status and lifestyle of the main character. How she developed relationships with others and how she destroyed them was heartbreaking. She used alcohol as a mask for every facet of her life and when she realized it others would not acknowledge it for fear of looking at themselves too.
Feb 08, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully written story of self-awakening. The main character, Celeste, is not always likable but that only makes her more real. And brave. I highly recommend this one.
Heather Browning
Jul 12, 2013 Heather Browning rated it liked it
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I started off really liking this. I thought it was going to be typical fluffy chick-lit and was pleasantly surprised by the fact there was a bit of depth and darkness, dealing with loss, grief, mental illness, poverty, addiction and abuse. By the end though, I felt it was all a bit too much, too many little threads like this and none of them explored in any real depth. The split in narrative between past and present also became confusing after a while, with not enough time spent in either to be ...more
Jan 21, 2008 Meri rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: women
Shelves: glad-i-read
This is a novel that has "real life" written all over it, no pun intended. The characters are likely people you've met, and the city is one you're familiar with, and the issues aren't easily wrapped up, but then, life isn't either. Jones' language is lovely, and her tone is not only unique but inherently read-able. This is an excellent book.
Aug 21, 2009 Carlainya rated it really liked it
Excellent. Great characters, who really develop and grow. The author cleverly adds a few bits over several chapters so that you really begin to understand them, and become emotionally interested in them. I like the way the novel developed.
Apr 10, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it
Kaylie Jones is a brillant storyteller! Celeste Ascending is an amazing and luminous story of love, loss, and courage that will leave you in awe.
Jill Moffett
Sep 13, 2012 Jill Moffett rated it it was amazing
Absolutely recommend this book to all. Beautifully written and I found the main character (Celeste) so relatable.
Nov 04, 2008 Ashley rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites!!! I've read it a few times, and it's always amazing.
Feb 10, 2009 Colleen rated it liked it
I really liked it, interesting life story.
Aug 22, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hooked from the first paragraph!
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Jan 24, 2010 Brodie rated it it was ok
This book was really just Meh... I lost interest in the characters and the ending was more than just a little predictable you saw it coming from the first chapter. Very glad that I didn't spend more than a couple of dollars for this.
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Kaylie was born in Paris, France and attended French schools until she returned with her family to the U.S. in 1974. Her father was the novelist James Jones.

Kaylie began to study Russian as her third language at age 8, and continued to study the language and literature through her four undergraduate years at Wesleyan University and her two years at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where s
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